Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 21, 2012

Sports Shorts

REVENGE IS SWEET . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets suffered only one loss during the 2011 regular season on their way to the American Youth Football National Championships. That one loss was to the Vacaville Bengals. On Sunday at Palo Alto High, the Jr. Midgets avenged that 2011 loss with a 42-12 triumph over Vacaville. The Knights (4-0) did not forget last year's loss as they took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards, scoring on an eight-yard run by Ethan Stern. Following that was a 43-yard drive that was capped by a four-yard touchdown run by Logan Johnson.

The Knights' rushing attack was dominant as Stern led the way with 164 rushin yards and four touchdowns. Johnson added 47 yards and a touchdown, and Jordan Schilling finished with 79 yards and a touchdown. The Palo Alto defense allowed the Bengals only three first downs and gave up one touchdown late in the game — -- Vacaville's other TD came on an interception return for a touchdown. The Knights' defense was led by Ty Wilcox, Stern, Schilling, Sione Luti and Ben Cleasby and had five sacks on the day while holding the Bengals under 100 yards.

Palo Alto's other teams were defeated by the Bengals on Sunday. The Palo Alto Jr. Midgets will put their unbeaten record on the line this Sunday against the Vacaville Bulldogs at Palo Alto High. A full state of games begins at 9 a.m.

PREP ALUMS . . . UC Davis senior Allison Whitson from Palo Alto was named to her second all-tournament team in as many weeks after helping the Aggies go 2-1 in the Butler Invitational women's volleyball tournament during the weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. Whitson, who earned tournament MVP the week before at Fresno State, finished with a team-best 36 kills and 35 digs in the three matches . . . At the New England Challenge volleyball tourney in Storrs, Conn., the City of Palo Alto was well-represented in the opening round as Castilleja grad Taylor Docter and Gunn grad Teresa Skelly of Harvard faced Palo Alto High grad Maddie Kuppe of Connecticut.

Docter had 12 kills and 19 digs with Skelly adding two kills and two block assists, but the Crimson came up short as Kuppe had six kills, four digs and two block assists in a 27-25, 25-17, 25-10 victory.

HELP WANTED . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a head coach to direct the Gators' girls' varsity lacrosse team and to oversee the program. Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473.4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org.

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